Prince, Eagles promoter Don Kirshner passes away

US promoter also worked with The Rolling Stones and Ramones

Veteran US rock promoter Don Kirshner has died aged 76.

Kirshner suffered heart failure in Boca Raton, Florida on Monday (January 17), reports Billboard.

He helped launch the careers of a number of notable acts including Prince, Kansas and The Eagles, and also hosted the television show Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert from 1973 until 1981.

Kirshner insisted to bosses that acts on the show, who ranged from The Rolling Stones to ABBA and the Ramones, should play completely live.

Kansas drummer Phil Ehart paid tribute to Kirshner, who signed them in 1973, by saying that the band “owes its 38-year career” to him.

Kirshner‘s wide-ranging success in the music business earned him the nickname ‘The Man With The Golden Ear’ from contemporaries.